reinstalling lion after SSD upgrade

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  1. Alexjones macrumors 6502

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    i want to upgrade to a SSD. My new MBP came installed with lion and has no install Disk. How is this done? Better yet are there any problems i should look out for?
     
  2. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Try to make an external boot risk and make sure you can boot from it. After switching to the new SSD you could boot Lion from the external disk and reinstall on the new SSD.

    If you have a new hardware you can also try Command+R to jump into recovery mode while booting. But not sure if that require the recovery partition you might find on your "old" SSD.
     
  3. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Get a cheap USB enclosure for your SSD and then make a bootable clone of your existing install on your SSD. After that, just swap the drive in. Carbon Copy Cloner should work for the clone.

    This would be easier on you if you already have stuff on your new laptop, if you just want to reinstall Lion, there might be an easier way but I'm not aware of it.
     
  4. Alexjones, Aug 7, 2011
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    Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just finished reading the users manual. There is a section in the manual on boosting your performance by installing a SSD and then showing you how to install Lion through recovery mode. I assume there is a recovery mode thats not located in the hard drive but in a special partition outside the hard drive. I dont think Apple would leave us hanging there with no way to reinstall Lion.
     
  5. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    There is, but as far as I am aware, it only applies to the MBA and Mini, unless Apple have quietly changed the MBP as well?
     
  6. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    You can access the recovery partition by holding the option key during startup. You should be given the option of booting into the main partition ("Macintosh HD", by default) and "Recovery". The latter is similar to booting from the install disk in earlier versions of OSX and should let you reinstall but I don't know if it will let you install onto an external drive.

    If you swap the stock HDD out for the SSD you will lose access to the recovery partition because that should be on the same drive as your OSX install.
     
  7. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So if i wanted to install a SSD, There is no way to reinstall Lion?
     
  8. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    You can ... You need to boot from an external disk first and then install Lion on the new internal SSD. Did that in the last days twice on an older MacMini.

    The external disk you need to prepare once and could be reuse ;)

    you can also wait until Apple sell the USB sticks in the shop; wasn't there a rumor to have that end of August ? But you don't need, works without.
    I read a KB-article from Apple on that be but can't find right the number.

    Enter the following in google, it will help you: "install lion from usb site:apple.com"
     
  9. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do i make an external disk?
     
  10. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think Apple solved the mystery



    Lion Internet Recovery

    If you happen to encounter a situation in which you cannot start from the Recovery HD, such as your hard drive stopped responding or you installed a new hard drive without Mac OS X installed, new Mac models introduced after public availability of OS X Lion automatically use the Lion Internet Recovery feature if the Recovery HD (Command-R method above) doesn't work. Lion Internet Recovery lets you start your Mac directly from Apple's Servers. The system runs a quick test of your memory and hard drive to ensure there are no hardware issues.

    Lion Internet Recovery presents a limited interface at first, with only the ability to select your preferred Wi-Fi network and, if needed, enter the WPA passphrase. Next, Lion Internet Recovery will download and start from a Recovery HD image. From there, you are offered all the same utilities and functions described above.

    As with the Recovery HD, reinstallation of OS X Lion from Lion Internet Recovery requires an Internet connection. See "Supported network configurations and protocols" below.

    Restoring iLife applications after Internet Restore of OS X Lion
     
  11. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    Use Super Duper or Carbon Copy

    I have a device that is similar to a usb enclosure. I plug one end into the power and through a converter, it delivers power to the blank/external hard drive and the other wire supplies data through the usb. It is very easy to simply clone your original Lion installation plus any apps or data you have put on. When it is finished, simply install the SSD and you will boot up and be ready to go.
     
  12. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For $ 3,000, There should of been some kind of restoration solution especially when there is no disk. Im buying my SSD today. I hope i dont get a gray screen of death after installation.
     

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